For the second time in three days, the Borgia wrestling Knights split a tri-meet.

In action at Hancock Thursday, the Knights defeated the host team, 40-34, but lost to Archdiocesan Athletic Association foe St. Mary’s, 39-33.

“Again, it was a great effort from the young men who looked better tonight,” Borgia Head Coach Matt Posinski said. “Everyone was able to learn from the matches on Tuesday and make improvements and adjustments in their wrestling.”

Posinski said Borgia was without two wrestlers due to injury and illness.

Hancock

It was 18-12 with Borgia leading on forfeits before anyone even wrestled in the Hancock dual meet.

“The first match wasn’t until 138,” Posinski said. “Nate Boone had a tough match and lost by major decision (21-12). He battled hard. Brynner Frankenberg (152) came back from his previous loss and pinned Guadalupe Fujarte (3:37). He controlled the whole match.”

From there, Zachariah Sanders (160) of Hancock pinned Borgia’s Dominic Dolce at the 4:58 mark in the third period.

Brayden Desmond (170) gave Borgia a 12-4 major decision over Nancy Licea.

The final contested match ended with Hancock’s Davonte Trotter (220) pinning Thomas Engemann in 35 seconds.

Borgia wrestlers Joseph Lause (106), Adam Hellebusch (113), Reid Posinski (132), Dylan Hellebusch (145) and Thaddeus Isgrigg (195) were forfeit winners. Hancock won three matches by forfeit and both sides were open at 285.

St. Mary’s

The St. Mary’s match had a quicker start as only Lause (106) won by forfeit before the opening match, a 3:14 pin by Adam Hellebusch (113) over Conner Popham.

That was one of six contested matches and each side won three times.

Dylan Hellebusch (145) pinned Tim Liner in 1:13.

Dolce (160) edged Ian Cordell, 7-6.

In bouts going the other way, Jaidon Busby (152) of St. Mary’s pinned Brynner Frankenberg  in 50 seconds.

Chris Sawyer (170) pinned Desmond in 4:58.

Adam Willett (195) edged Engemann, 6-4.

St. Mary’s won four matches by forfeit while Borgia had three forfeit wins with Lause, Posinski (132) and Boone (138) getting their hands raised. Both sides were open at 182.

“It was a strong effort by all of the young men,” Posinski said.

Borgia now is off until Jan. 13, when the Knights go to the Owensville Tournament.